The end of the 747 era for SIA

Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-200 Singapore Airlines Boeing 747
Credit: Singapore Airlines

After nearly four decades of successful operations, Singapore Airlines is about to retire its last remaining Boeing 747s from passenger service.

The Boeing 747 has been an icon of Singapore Airlines’ fleet since a pair Boeing 747-200s first landed at Paya Lebar Airport on the 3rd of September of 1973.

Since that date the Singaporean flag carrier has operated several variants of the Jumbo jet, adding its first Boeing 747-300 in May 1983 and later on the 747-400. Its first  international Boeing 747-400 service, from Singapore to London, was flown on 31st May of 1989. The Boeing 747-400 has been the mainstay of SIA’s fleet for most of the last twenty years.

In order to provide this iconic aircraft the send-off its deserves, SIA's last passenger 747-400 (9V-SPQ) is going to be on display during the last three days of the Singapore Air Show, before it makes its final scheduled flights from Singapore to Melbourne and back on 24-25 March.

There is also going to be a special commemorative flight is also planned before the aircraft is finally retired.

Although you won’t be able to fly SIA’s 747 anymore as a passenger, the Sinaporean carrier’s cargo arm keeps a fleet of 13 747-400Fs freighters.

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